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EU court could settle ICANN data gathering dispute

The internet’s global domain name organisation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has appealed a recent ruling by a court in Germany on the amount of data that domain name registrars can be forced to gather on people operating websites.

“If the Higher Regional Court does not agree with ICANN or is not clear about the scope of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ICANN is also asking the Higher Regional Court to refer the issues in ICANN’s appeal to the [CJEU],” ICANN said in a statement.

Source: EU court could settle ICANN data gathering dispute

Privacy as an Afterthought: ICANN’s Response to the GDPR

Almost three years ago, the global domain name authority ICANN chartered a working group to consider how to build a replacement for the WHOIS database, a publicly-accessible record of registered domain names.

Because it includes the personal information of millions of domain name registrants with no built-in protections for their privacy, the legacy WHOIS system exposes registrants to the risk that their information will be misused by spammers, identity thieves, doxxers, and censors.

Source: Privacy as an Afterthought: ICANN’s Response to the GDPR

ICANN will not get a moratorium on GDPR compliance

Data Protection Authorities that ICANN rightly insisted on seeking guidance from, told ICANN exactly what the Noncommercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) and the Internet Governance Project had been telling them all along.

They need to define in detail a specific purpose of WHOIS in order to determine if specific uses of the data are legitimate; their data retention period must be justified by that specific purpose; they need to be careful with the international data transfer; and their certification process for tiered access must also comply with data protection norms.

Source: ICANN will not get a moratorium on GDPR compliance – Internet Governance Project

Privacy regulators in hotseat over future of ‘fundamental’ website owners list

The internet is at risk of becoming fragmented if online databases that show who owns websites are shut down after the EU’s new data protection law takes effect next month, the head of internet domain organisation ICANN has warned.

National data protection authorities from EU member states are under pressure to spell out whether the databases, known as the WHOIS system, can stay online and continue displaying personal information like names, email addresses and phone numbers of people who registered internet domain names.

Source: Privacy regulators in hotseat over future of ‘fundamental’ website owners list – EURACTIV.com

ICANN’s temporary solution for bringing WHOIS into line with GDPR

For the past few months, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a charitable association under Californian law that administers certain top-level domain names, has been involved in an overhaul of WHOIS. This search service publicly lists the names and contact details of domain name holders.

Following extensive research, ICANN published a new temporary model on Feb. 28 that substantially modifies the philosophy of WHOIS. This model, dubbed “Calzone,” is designed to protect the private lives of domain name holders by guaranteeing that their names will remain confidential.

Source: Calzone: ICANN’s temporary solution for bringing WHOIS into line with GDPR

White House pushing for research carveout in GDPR

The White House is hoping to convince regulators to protect security researchers so they can continue to scrape data that’s relevant for investigations.

One of the more concerning developments revolves around access to data published by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Whenever a domain name is registered, ICANN requires information like, a name, IP address and physical address to be submitted. While these details are sometimes forged, that information can provide clues about a cyberattack.

Source: White House pushing for research carveout in GDPR

Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law.

Source: Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list – EURACTIV.com

A critical test for ICANN: ensuring GDPR compliance while preserving access to WHOIS

The issue is a fast moving one and, with the GDPR becoming enforceable on May 25 2018, late last week ICANN published three community-proposed interim models for compliance.

Source: A critical test for ICANN: ensuring GDPR compliance while preserving access to WHOIS – Blog – World Trademark Review

EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts warn

WHOIS, one of oldest tools on internet for verifying real identities, at risk of being killed due to tough new GDPR regulations Sweeping new European data protection regulations may have the accidental effect of protecting scammers and spammers by killing the WHOIS system used to link misdeeds online to real identities offline, security experts have warned.

Source: EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts warn

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